Professor of Strategy
  University of Oxford 
  Saïd Business School

   +44 (0) 7860 778987
   twitter @teppofelin

research interests

 ` microfoundations
 ` organizations and markets

 ` capabilities
 ` beliefs and rationality
structure and design

 ` anything interdisciplinary


 ` co-editor of Strategic Organization, 
with Russ Coff, Ann Langley, Tim Rowley

 ` Academy of Management Review,  editorial board

 ` Journal of Management, 
editorial board

previous affiliations

Marriott School, BYU - Provo, UT

Goizueta Business School, Emory University - Atlanta, GA

2013-2014 Oxford seminars + talks

Lawrence Freedman, KCL
Michael Cusumano, MIT
Mauro Guillen, Wharton
Ezra Zuckerman, MIT
Russ Coff, U of Wisconsin
Kim Elsbach, UC Davis
Jennifer Howard-Grenville, U of Oregon
Mark de Rond, U of Cambridge
Royston Greenwood, U of Alberta
Nicolai Foss, Copenhagen Business School
David Seidl, U of Zurich
Erkko Autio, Imperial College
Gianpiero Petriglieri, INSEAD
Matthew Bothner, ESMT
Felipe Csaszar, U of Michigan

Andrea Prencipe, LUISS

Arne Kalleberg, UNC (sociology)


Felin, T., Foss, N., & Ployhart, R. (2015). The microfoundations movement in strategy and organization theory. 
Academy of Management Annals.

Felin, T. (2015). A forum on minds and institutions. Journal of Institutional Economics.

intro to forum with papers by Cass Sunstein & Reid Hastie and Giovanni Dosi & Luigi Marengo.

Felin, T., Kauffman, S., Koppl, R. & Longo, G. (2014).  Economic opportunity and evolution: Beyond landscapes and bounded rationality.  Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. [html

Mark Buchanan discusses the above paper in a recent essay in Nature Physicssee here.

Felin, T. & Zenger, T. (2014). Closed or open innovation? Problem solving and the governance choice. Research 
Policy. [open access] [pdf]

Koppl, R., Kauffman, S., Felin, T., & Longo, G. (2015). Economics for a creative world. Journal of Institutional Economics.

Felin, T. (2015). Valve Corporation: Strategy tipping points and thresholds. 
Journal of Organization Design.  

commentary on article by Phanish Puranam and Dorthe Håkonsson.

Abell, P., Felin, T. Foss, N. & Abell, P. (2014).  Microfoundations of social theory: A response to Jepperson and Meyer. Sociologica. [pdf]

Barney, J. & Felin, T. (2013). What are microfoundations? Academy of Management Perspectives. [scribd]

Argyres, N., Felin, T., Foss, N., & Zenger, T. (2012). Organizational economic of capability and heterogeneity. Organization Science. [html] [scribd]

Felin, T. (2012). Cosmologies of capability, markets and wisdom of crowds. Managerial and Decision Economics. [html]

Felin, T. & Foss, N. (2012). The (proper) microfoundations of routines and capabilities: a response to Winter, Pentland, Hodgson and Knudsen. 
Journal of Institutional Economics. [pdf]

Felin, T., Foss, N., Heimeriks, & Madsen, T. (2012). Microfoundations of routines and capabilities: individuals, processes and structures. Journal of Management Studies.

Stirling, W., Giraud-Carrier, C., & Felin, T. (2012). A framework for the design and synthesis of coordinated social systems. Social Informatics.

Zenger, T., Felin, T. & Bigelow, L. (2011). 
Theories of the firm-market boundary. Academy of Management Annals. [html] [pdf]

Felin, T. & Foss, N. (2011).  The endogenous origins of experience, routines and organizational capabilities: the poverty of stimulus. Journal of Institutional Economics. [pdf] [html]

Felin, T. & Foss, N.J. (2009). Performativity of theory, arbitrary conventions, and possible worlds: a reality check. Organization Science. [pdf] [html]

Felin, T. & Zenger, T. (2009).  Entrepreneurs as theorists: on the origins of collective beliefs and novel strategies. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. [pdf] [html

Felin, T. & Hesterly, W.S. (2007). The knowledge-based view, nested heterogeneity, and new value creation: philosophical considerations on the locus of knowledge. Academy of Management Review. [pdf] [html]

Felin, T. & Foss, N.J. (2006). Individuals and organizations: thoughts on a microfoundations project for strategic management and organizational analysis. Research Methodology in Strategy and Management.

Felin, T. & Foss, N.J. (2005). Strategic organization: a field in search of micro-foundations. Strategic Organization. [pdf] [html]


"Against Design" working paper on the "affordances of the law," with Caryn Devins, Roger Koppl, and Stuart Kauffman [ssrn]

special issue project + Oxford conference: "organizing crowds and innovation"  w/ Karim Lakhani (Harvard) and Mike Tushman (Harvard).  [scribd] [html]

Nudge: Manager as Choice Architect [html] -  working paper


come join our DPhil (PhD) program  

publications cont'd

Stirling, W. & Felin, T. (2013). Game theory, conditional preferences and social influence. PLoS ONE. [html]


Felin, T. & Knudsen, T. (2012). A theory of nascent entrepreneurship and organization. Managerial and Decision Economics. [pdf

Felin, T. & Zenger, T. (2011). Information aggregation, matching, and radical market-hierarchy hybrids. Strategic Organization. [pdf] [html]

King, B., Felin, T. & Whetten, D (2010). 
Finding the organization in organization theory: a meta-theory of the organization as social actor. Organization Science. [pdf] [html

Abell, P., Felin, T. & Foss, N.J. (2010).  Causal and constitutive relations and the squaring of coleman's diagram: reply to Vromen. Erkenntnis. [html] 

Felin, T. & Foss, N.J. (2009).  Social reality, the boundaries of self-fulfilling prophecy, and economics. Organization Science. [pdf] [html]

response by Ferraro, Pfeffer & Sutton. How and why theories matter: a comment on Felin and Foss [see here]; editor introduction [see here]

Felin, T. & Foss, N.J. (2009). Organizational routines and capabilities: Historical drift and a course-correction toward microfoundations. Scandinavian Journal of Management. [html]

King, B., Felin, T. & Whetten, D. (2009). Comparative organizational analysis. Research in the Sociology of Organizations. [pdf]

review of volume by Peter Foreman in Administrative Science Quarterly (2010).

Felin, T. & Spender, J.C. (2009). An exchange of ideas about knowledge governance: seeking first principles and microfoundations. In Knowledge Governance, edited by Foss et al. Oxford University Press.

Whetten, D., Felin, T. & King, B (2009). 
Theory-borrowing in organizational studies. Journal of Management. [pdf] [scribd]

Felin, T., Zenger, T., & Tomsik, J. (2009). The knowledge economy: emerging organizational forms, missing microfoundations and key considerations for managing human capital. Human Resource Management.

Abell, P., Felin, T. & Foss, N.J. (2008). 
Building microfoundations for the routines, capabilities, and performance links. Managerial and Decision Economics. [pdf] [html]